Pennsylvania dates back to 1682 when William Penn crossed the Atlantic Ocean and started planning the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia). Subsequently, Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital from 1790 to 1800, shortly after the 13 colonies gained their independence from Great Britain. Philadelphia houses many historic landmarks, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Betsy Ross House, Declaration House, Congress Hall, Belmont Mansion, etc. A wide variety of tours are offered to explore the many aspects of historic Philadelphia. The metropolitan area’s population numbers slightly over 5 million.
Philadelphia is not only a national hub for medical and health facilities, it is also one of the major cultural and historical centers in the United States. On the medical side, Philadelphia is headquarters to the American College of Physicians-American Society for Internal Medicine (ACP) -- the largest organization of Internists in the world. The ACP is the publisher of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program or MKSAP and the In-Training Exam. Many of Temple University School of Medicine's faculty are active members and fellows of the ACP and help direct its educational and publishing functions. Philadelphia is also home to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country's oldest medical society. The College is headquartered in a stately building in Center City and contains the Mütter Museum, a renowned collection of medical artifacts and curiosities that is open to the public. The College also has one of the finest collections of historical medical books and manuscripts in the world.
In the fine arts, Philadelphia has achieved renown through its many museums and galleries. The internationally known Philadelphia Museum of Art houses the third largest collection of art in the United States and has hosted some of the most exclusive international shows that have come to these shores. The Barnes Foundation, which recently relocated from nearby Lower Merion Township to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City, has one of the finest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist art in the country. Philadelphia is also home to the oldest art school and museum in America -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
In the performing arts, Philadelphia is the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra -- consistently rated among the top five orchestras in the United States and acclaimed throughout the world. The orchestra plays in the Kimmel Center, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility that opened in December 2001. The Pennsylvania Ballet and the Opera Company of Philadelphia round out the big name music programs in the city. The Opera Company still performs in the classic Academy of Music which is one of the grandest opera houses in the country. There are innumerable places to hear live music -- from classical to jazz to the most contemporary. Great live rock and pop acts appear in small local venues as well as the Trocadero, Tower and TLA. Theater in Philadelphia has undergone a renaissance over the past decade with one of the liveliest scenes in the country.
Philadelphia's place in American history is unparalleled and almost all the downtown historical sites are free and within a manageable walk from Independence Hall -- the most important building in United States history. The Independence National Historical Park is a destination for visitors from around the world to see the rooms where the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written and debated. The National Constitution Center and a new Liberty Bell Center are also important attractions. On the left is a photo of Elfreth's Alley in Old City -- the oldest continually inhabited street in the US.
No sports lover needs to be reminded of the enthusiasm of Philadelphia's fans. Our professional teams play in South Philadelphia in one of the largest combined sports complexes in the country. There is excitement (and often disappointment) in following the fortunes of our home town teams, the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and 76ers, and in seeing the visitors experience the "warm" Philadelphia welcome. Of course, our own Temple Owls are in the thick of college basketball action year in and year out. What's more, Temple's football program is newly admitted to the Big East.
There is much more to see and do in Philadelphia than could possibly be mentioned here. Please check Philly funguide.com for a more comprehensive list of things to see and do in our area. When you visit Philadelphia, window shop in our stores, dine at our renowned restaurants, stroll down our quaint and narrow city streets or explore our suburbs. You'll be surprised how affordable housing is in Philadelphia and its environs. Philadelphia is a major transportation hub with an excellent and modern international airport with a brand new, spectacular international terminal. Our beautiful Amtrak rail station is right on the Schuylkill River. In addition, Temple can be easily reached by bus and subway.
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